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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Elects Eight New Partners

January 3, 2008

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (January 3, 2008) – Sutherland announces the election of eight new partners effective January 1, 2008.

"All of these lawyers have been very significant contributors to the firm on many fronts, and we are certain they will be a large part of our continued growth and success in the years to come," said Mark D. Wasserman, Sutherland's Managing Partner.

The following three lawyers in the firm's Atlanta office have been elected partner:

Michael C. Castellon is a member of the Litigation Practice and focuses his practice in the areas of construction law, contracts and all types of dispute resolution. 

Joseph M. DePew is a member of the Tax Practice and specializes in tax litigation and controversy, corporate taxation and income tax, with a focus on federal tax controversy issues, including IRS procedures, dispute resolution, collection and tax litigation matters.

Jennifer R. Van Ness is a member of the Real Estate Practice and focuses her practice in the areas of acquisitions and dispositions, development, finance, leasing and joint venture work.

The following five lawyers in the firm's Washington office have been elected partner:

Thomas E. Bisset is a member of the Financial Services Practice and concentrates his practice on investment management regulation, including advising mutual funds, insurance company issuers of fixed and variable insurance products and other financial entities on the establishment and operation of investment companies and novel financial instruments and on compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and other federal securities laws.

Thomas R. Bundy III is a member of the Litigation Practice who has a commercial practice focusing on labor and employment law, particularly worker classification issues.

John J. Mahon is a member of the Corporate Practice and focuses his practice in the areas of securities law and mergers and acquisitions, including advising clients on compliance with the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and handling matters relating to the establishment and operation of both public and private closed-end funds and business development companies.

Steven C. Sparling is a member of the Energy and Environmental Practice and devotes the majority of his practice to LNG, oil spill and emergency preparedness.

Carol P. Tello is a member of the Tax Practice and focuses primarily on international tax matters, including a broad range of cross-border tax planning and IRS controversy matters for both business entities and individuals.

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